Eliminating Wordiness: How to Effectively Shorten Abstracts and Other Writing
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When: September 13, 2018
1:00 PM EST - 2:00 PM EST
Where: Online (Live Webinar)
United States
Presenter: Erica Goodoff
Contact: webinars@amwa.org

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This webinar aims to convey useful techniques to shorten abstracts to meet length restrictions without compromising the completeness, clarity, or readability of the text. The first part of the talk will focus on core elements and key characteristics of a good abstract, and the second part will provide specific examples of ways to reduce wordiness at a sentence level. The overall focus will be on the elimination of nonessential information and expressions, replacement of “wordy” expressions with short and succinct phrases, deletion of useless words and phrases, use of parallel construction and strong action verbs, avoidance of repetition, and other helpful writing techniques. This webinar targets anyone entrusted with abstract writing and editing, including researchers and scientific, medical, and technical writers and editors.


At the conclusion of this webinar, learners will be able to

  • Describe the key characteristics of an effective abstract
  •  Identify “wordy” phrases they tend to use in their writing
  • Eliminate wordiness from their writing or their clients’ writing without compromising clarity


Learning Level: Intermediate


Content Areas: Editing, Writing for Professional Audiences

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